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New Airline Connects Los Angeles with Many Western Cities At Low, Low Airfares

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/15/2021, 3:00 PM

Launching a new airline in 2021 takes chutzpah, cojones, and courage. But that's just what Avelo Airlines has done by debuting a small network of flights from a home base at Hollywood Burbank Airport (formerly known as Bob Hope Airport). The route network, as you can see above, touches down across the American West. It was founded by Andrew Levy, a co-founder of Allegiant Air and the former CFO o...

Two Terrific New Visitor Centers Coming to the San Juan Islands in Washington

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/14/2021, 6:00 PM

Washingtonians have been known to argue about just how many San Juan Islands there are. Officially, there are 172 named isles in the archipelago located off the coast of Washington state. There are roughly 400 in all, but the smaller ones are only visible at low tide. Do these count as islands, too? Ah, that's where the disagreement begins. But no one is arguing about how idyllic this group is....

100 Years After Tulsa Race Massacre, A New Museum Honors “Black Wall Street”

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/12/2021, 7:00 PM

A horrific episode in U.S. history is finally receiving proper commemoration, a century after the atrocity took place. Opening later this spring, the Greenwood Rising history center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will recount the triumphs, tragedy, and resilience of the city's Greenwood District, known as "Black Wall Street." In the early 20th century, a high concentration of thriving African American b...

Would You Climb This Heart-Stopping Sky Ladder 400 Feet Above the Utah Desert?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/08/2021, 6:00 PM

Thrill chasers who are no longer moved by the prospect of crossing yet another trembling suspension bridge dangling hundreds of feet over a gorge have a new way to get the spine tingling again. Southern Utah's ultra-luxe Amangiri resort, set on 600 arid acres near Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, has unveiled the new Cave Peak Stairway, which is like a suspension bridge, only more h...

Road Rage, USA: Which Places Have the Most Stressed-Out Drivers?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/08/2021, 1:00 PM

Considering a road trip this year? There may be a few speed bumps, including an unusual shortage of rental cars and potential sellouts at campgrounds for overnight stays. And as more drivers return after months of inaction, there will be stress points on the highways. The website FleetLogging.com, which helps businesses manage commercial vehicles, just put out a 2021 survey on that very topic. ...

Act Soon for Amtrak's Terrific BOGO Sale on Private Roomettes For Summer Travel

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/06/2021, 1:00 PM

You'll have to book this one soon. The deadline is April 16, but if you're lucky enough to get this bring-a-companion-for-free deal, you will both be traveling at the height of the summer season: June 1 through September 31. It's a hugely appealing offer, because Amtrak's roomettes have some nifty perks attached to them, including comfortable chairs that convert into beds, complimentary meal...

The Motel from "Schitt's Creek" Is for Sale! (Wig Wall Not Included)

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/01/2021, 6:00 PM

The Ontario motel used for exterior shots on the TV comedy Schitt's Creek is up for sale.  Located on 6.7 wooded acres in the town of Mono about 55 miles north of Toronto, the Hockley Motel stood in for the Rosebud Motel on the beloved, eminently quotable Canadian series, which aired from 2015–20 and is available now for compulsive repeat viewings on Netflix.  On the show, the shabby motel b...

USVI’s First New Resort in Three Decades Is on a Lush Private Isle

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/31/2021, 7:00 PM

The U.S. Virgin Islands have their first built-from-the-ground-up new resort in more than 30 years, and the place has a pristine cay almost entirely to itself. Reached via a 10-minute ride on a private ferry from St. Thomas or St. John, Lovango Resort and Beach Club currently offers accommodations in a luxe hilltop villa, with cottages and glamping sites soon to follow. The oceanside beach c...

Celebrity's Newest Ship Will Avoid America by Sailing to Greece and Israel

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/30/2021, 3:00 PM

Yet another major cruise ship has been added to the growing lineup of vessels eager to serve American vacationers—but not in the United States. With the U.S. government's Conditional Sailing Order still hampering the full return of cruising to Yankee shores, Celebrity has elected to send the new Celebrity Apex to Greece. Starting June 19, the long-delayed ship will debut with 7-night trips o...

How You Can See the Louvre's Entire Collection Online for Free

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/29/2021, 6:00 PM

All 480,000 or so objects in the collection of the Louvre in Paris have been cataloged online for the first time. For free, you can peruse every last priceless painting, armless statue, and any other work—from the Mona Lisa to some half-forgotten Etruscan oddity—at the museum's new collections website.   The database includes entries for everything that's currently on display, in storage, on lo...

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